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Spanish America is by definition a region totally changed by Europeans. The Spanish and their language are European. The Spanish language and culture was imposed, usually with great brutality, on the inhabitants of what became Spanish America, after the Spanish had destroyed the original languages, religions and cultures, and imposed themselves as masters over the native Indian inhabitants, who were enslaved or made serfs by the Spanish after the Spanish Conquest. This has affected Latin American society for five centuries, down to the present. The creation of Spanish America from the indigenous civilizations (Inca, Aztec, etc) may be the greatest cultural genocide in modern history. Its success can be seen by the way many descendants of Indios regard Spanish as their original native language. It is not. It is the language of the European conqueror and colonizer.

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